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>> jeff: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. negotiators on capitol hill seemed determine to reach the very edge of the cliff. there was new negotiating today but there will be no vote tonight on a deal to avoid tax increases that would affect nearly every american starting this week. with late details, here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: good evening. the two sides were trading offers and counteroffers all weekend long but they hit a wall on saturday night. and at this point it's difficult to tell whether the holdup is the fact that they are too far apart or that they're very close. >> i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. >> reporter: the most recent offer came from republican senate leader mitch mcconnell at 7:00 p.m. saturday night. democrats promised they would get back to him this morning. but they didn't. >> it's now 2 p.m., and we've yet to receive a response to our good faith offer. >> reporter: sell cratic leader harry reid said the gulf over taxes was still too wide. and he signaled the white house might be tying his hands. >> i've had a number of conversa
scott is off. i'm jeff glor. five days before the fiscal deadline, there is plenty of name calling but little evidence there is late word of a meeting tomorrow between president obama and congressional leaders. the full senate reconvened today. the president ended his vacation in hawaii early, flying back to washington this morning. but he made no public statements. if there is no deal on a budget by new year's day, nearly every american will see a tax increase. we have two reports on the stalemate, beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy. >> reporter: jeff, democratic aides tell cbs news that senate majority leader harry reid is ready to introduce legislation that would avert the fiscal cliff, but only if he gets assurances from republican leaders that they won't try to block it. that standoff is creating some tension on capitol hill that spilled on to the senate floor today. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: in the normally genteel senate, leader reid unleashed a tirade today about house speaker john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship in the h
: good evening, scott is off tonight. i'm jeff glor. it is the end of a holiday week, but it would appear congress is just getting started. tonight, the president said he is mottestly optimistic about a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, which would mean avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts come, you know, 1. the president spoke to the nation this evening after an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. democrat and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. they appear to remain deadlocked on who exactly will pay those higher taxs. we have two reports tonight, beginning with major garrett at the white house. major, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. two things are clear tonight that were not clear this morning-- progress is real and if a deal is reached, it will be far smaller than any of the key players envisioned only a couple weeks ago. is this deal, if it's to be reached, will not the so-called grand bargain with trillions of dollars of deficit reduction. in fact, jeff, it's not even clear this dea
funded by cbs >> it's friday welcome to "cbs this morning," everyone. i'm jeff glor with rebecca jar sis. charlie, gayle and norah are off. there are predictions but little progress in washington with a deadline for the fiscal cliff now just four days away. >> president obama meets later today with congressional leaders in one last effort to make a deal before the deadline. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, rebecca and jeff. in just a couple of hours at the white house the president meets with all the key congressional leaders, top democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. no deal can be reached in past without their cooperation. with the meeting comes a glimmer of hope. in the past all the ifisical cliff talks meetings like this have been the least productive of all. whether he meant to or not the senate majority leader may have spoken for a nation exhausted by seemingly endless fiscal cliff negotiations. >> what's going on here? >> reporter: what indeed. president obam
to sign the guest books >> i am jeff idakia, and i provide legal representation to 20,000 people every year. it is our goal to ensure that we have the best legal representation possible. we started this nine years ago, to increased consciousness and awareness of the issues that affect public safety in criminal and juvenile justice reform. i am proud to say that this is the ninth summit. we take on issues like closing the california youth authority. and we in the confinement of youth -- young children in -- and the prisoner re-entry program and abolishing the death penalty. we take on three critical issues. the first panel has a riveting discussion about gangs. and reducing gang violence. on our panel are former gang members, gang intervention workers, police, public defenders, and researchers. we talk about strategies to reduce gang violence. i will introduce the keynote speaker in a moment. the second panel is a cutting edge -- cutting edge discussion about the relationship between the human brain and criminal behavior. we have top experts from all parts of the country to talk a
to bring these jobs back. >> what do you think about jeff immelt's article where he says i'm bringing jobs back to america makes more economic sense. >> he was bringing jobs back to america. i wasn't prepared for this quiz this morning. i can tell you from memory, he brought a bunch of jobs back in lexington, kentucky. >> he is stoned. >> get lexington, kentucky out. >> do you feel like we do? we're going to kick out with frampton after he's done with this answer. >> he brought back a bunch of jobs at lexington, kentucky but at much lower wages. >> what kind? >> it was appliance jobs. >> they have the huge apply hans city down there and all these massive buildings and their own zip code and one building after another closed down. he's starting up one assembly line after another. are they going to get paid $30 an hour? no. >> here's the point. how do you have a ro best recovery when you have wage compression, people who made $30 an hour making $14 an hour. how do you grow an economy like that. >> the point is do we want these jobs building in germany or alabama. want them in lexington, kent
for one wisconsin generator company. jeff flock is live with that story. first, some of the winners and losers. ♪ le announcer ] where do you turn for legal matteters? at legalzoom, we've created a better place to handle youregal needs. maybe you have questions about incorporating a business you'd like to start. or questions about protecting your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like to find the right attorney to help guide you along, answer any questions and offer advice. with an "a" rating from the better business bureau legalzoom helps you get personalized and affordable legal protection. in most states, a legal plan attorney is available with every personalized document to aner any questions. get started at lalom.com today. and now you're protected. ashley: superstorm sandy causing devastation for many americans. massive power outages sparked a booming business for one wisconsin company. jeff flock has more. jeff: whenever there is a huge economic recovery in this country, this is what it will look like. this is a company that makes generators like no other. they
, kevin garnett with the block the other way to paul pierce. jeff corrine, finishes 32-29. williams with the big basket. he found lopez underneath the basket. too much boston today. the pass and dribbling to jared, finishes. the celtics go on to crush brooklyn. >> it is fun and christmas. >> a lot of games today. >> tony is next with a look at the forecast. >> another winter blast could be headed toward maryland. what shoppers need to know. it may not be a pleasant new year to avoid the fiscal cliff. some of the implications that could affect your wallet. those stories and >> i believe you said you are keeping your eye on a snowy vent your yid -- snow event. >> tomorrow, i think, we might have a little bit of slipping and sliding in the morning. there could be some freezing rain. this will be mostly a rain each event on wednesday. the storm is on saturday. that might be cold enough for snow. that will be the day. new year's eve looks good. >> we will be watching. merry christmas, everyone. the nightly news is next. the nightly news is next.
to rebuild. jeff pegues, abc news, new york. >> so much good news. jeff pegues, abc news, new york. >> so much good news. viewed b captioned by closed captioning services, inc. >>> good thursday morning. 4:30 a.m.. thanks for joining us i'm eric thomas. >>> and i'm kristen sze. fatal accident that could cause problems on the san mateo bridge. >> sue has the latest. >>> unfortunately we start off the morning with a fatality westbound on the san mateo bridge before the highrise blocking right lane. not affecting traffic bunching up as
up to a foot and a half of snow. jeff berardelli has the details. >>> our big east coast storm will continue throughout the day today but gradually winding down as we go into the afternoon and evening. things have been improving from south to north throughout the day, but the coastal areas are still receiving very heavy rain but the emphasis for snow will be further inland especially upstate new york and northern interior new england and eventually maine is going to be getting in on the act as well. that's where the winter storm warnings are in effect. and a notice they are not in effect along the i-95 corridor. again, that's where we're expecting it to mostly be in the form of rain like it has been throughout most of the day. additional snow as we go through the next 24 hours. you could see 12 inches or more where some of those areas are in purple, but, again, along the coast, we're talking 1 inch or less and this time around, again, it looks like it's mainly going to be just rain. i'm david bernard for cbs news, miami. >>> at least six deaths are blamed on the storm system in
have struggled to regularly attract shoppers. as jeff glor reports, though, mega retail centers are being reinvented. >> reporter: the camino nuevo charter academy in los angeles used to be a drab mini mall. now this elementary school is a colorful anchor to a new street. a shuttered super kmart in the north atlanta suburbs has been born again as his hands, a megachurch that seats 1,500 worshippers. and in seattle these unused parking fields transformed from dirt into thornton place, a residential community with a park, movie theater, and a bus station nearby. burt gregory's firm designed thornton place to be more green and less dependent on cars. >> you can walk to get your services. you can walk to the transit stop. you're actually using physical activity to move around. >> reporter: while there are still more than 1,500 enclosed malls in the u.s., only two new ones have been built since 2009. >> an opportunity for designers, architects, and planners to be innovative again. >> reporter: june williamson, an architecture professor at the university of new york has written two bo
, will take on the same sex marriage issue. this was just announced. straight to jeff toobin with us here. we have been waiting for this development. this is a big deal. >> this is a major event in american history. not just in supreme court history. the supreme court is not just going to decide whether the defense of marriage act is constitutional, they are also going to decide whether proposition 8 in california, that case, whether the ban on same sex marriage there is unconstitutional. and that could affect all 50 states. so there is at least the potential that by the end of june, all 50 states will be ordered to have same sex marriage. there is a long way between here and there, but that is now a possibility. >> what is so interesting about this, this is not just about the marriage issue, so much as it is an equal protection issue because so many people have been denied benefits under federal law. >> that's the defense of marriage act case. what the defense of marriage act case, what the law says, passed in 1996, signed into law by president clinton, that law says that the federal governm
. >> reporter: policies into place by the month of a february. thj. r. stone, kron 4 news. >> jeff bush explains that this consultant has been hired. >> reporter: bill bratton is the big name in the list of consulatants hired by opd. his carreer in policing has brought him to some of the biggest departments in the country. bratton was the new york city police commissioner from 1994 to 1996 and was credited with improving the crime rate in that city. he took over as the chief of police in los angeles in 2002 and led the department until 2009. o.p.d. says he will offer his advice but the chief says he is still in charge in oakland. >> i want to make sure that this is lawful, efficient. >> they have provided they will give us recommendations and it is up implemented because at the end of the day it's my responsibility to make sure the policing in a lawful and constitutional and it's also reduce violent crime. bratton and his business partner bob wasserman created the comp stat system that is used by many major police departments in the country, including oakland. >> we want to look at what we are d
are dropping to near record lows. jeff flock is down by the river with more on this. jeff? >> how low can it go, melissa? this is a river gauge. take a look where it is right now. i was at a flood in this town in phebse, illinois and that was used. look where the river is now? nowhere near the gauge. marty, run with me. look at this boat. if you can't tell how low this water is, that boat you see out there, that is army corps of engineers right now. they're doing sounding because there are river boulders or what they call river pinnacles. >> rock pinnacles, that's correct. >> they're sticking up and making this un 1/2 dpabl. -- unnavigable. >> when the water goes up the pinnacles are past the bridge. >> this is huge estuary for shipping from diesel to fertilizer, to grain moves up and down this. this is what we're talking about right there, marty? marty is with aep river operations. they run barges up and down here. those are what they called rock pinnacles? >> that's correct. those will extend clear out into the channel past the bridge pier. that is what the corps is trying to get removed. >>
. a looming fiscal cliff and what are we hearing? as jeff sessions says -- >> a lot of flimflam. >> flimflam. we told you last night that tim geithner hopscotched his way down pennsylvania avenue to bring the president's proposal from the white house to capitol hill and instead of offering compromise, he leapt to the extreme. his plan taxes $1.6 trillion of taxes. higher tax rates on people, families making more than $250,000 as well as closing loopholes, limiting deductions, raising the estate tax rate and increasing the taxes on capital gains and dividends and the plan spends nearly $200 billion. another stimulus package of 50 billion. an extension of unemployment benefits around 30 billion and an extension of the payroll tax cut estimated at about $114 billion. but the geithner plan didn't cut spending. in run for that, the president offers $400 billion of cuts and toe, john boehner basically said go fish. >> was not a serious proposal. and so, right now, we're almost nowhere. >> just when we needed someone to not say hey, mom, he was nasty. so i can be, too. boehner, like geithner, leapt
a constitutional right to marry. chip reid has the story. >> reporter: tom watson and jeff tabaco have been together ten years and would like to make ofir relationship official. ur it's always been our dream to marry the person that we love and to commit our lives to each other. >> reporter: but as residents of california, they can't because four years ago california voters passed proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. but it's the u.s. supreme court that will have the final say. today, the justices met behind closed doors to decide whether to hear arguments in the california case. if they do not, a lower court ccision striking down proposition 8 will stand and same-sex marriage will again be legal in california. >> if the court does not take the appeal, i will feel an amazing amount of joy. >> reporter: the court today also considered jumping into the debate over the defense of marriage act, known as doma, the 1996 federal law defines marriage as between a man and a woman and allows the government to deny federal assistance such as social security survivor benefits to same-sex couples,
, will begin taking calls. jeff cox, a classmate of the president, here is a quote, jeff cox talking, had the ability to project cool, it seemed to me, calm, almost nonchalant, part of the image, not just of him but generally in hawaii where in my mind there was some line between sophisticated the attachment and slacker or lazy, very exuded sophisticated detachments, he has his act together, understood how things worked all little better than the rest of us. >> host: 16 years old jeff cox is talking about his classmates, seeing characteristics of his presidency, that has not changed that much. the reason for that detachment, has to do with hawaii. there is that native hawaiian thing, no matter what else is going on, keep cool here. that is sort of the sensibility barry and his buddies who had his buddies what they call the true game which basically is basketball and smoking dope. just be cool. that is part of hawaii, part of barry's formative years and he has always had that nature. another aspect is more developed and related to politics which is in this country and all that racial dynam
. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: lunchtime at bell jeff high school outside of los angeles. and everyone, it seems, has some sort of mobile device. but the government says most of the mobile apps kids download these days also target them. kids like giovanni gabb. >> i have probably, like, 12, 13 apps on my iphone. >> reporter: he is there a good chance some of his apps are among those the federal government says regularly collect data on kids without disclosing it. and that's not okay with his parents. >> i feel that we should have the information up front. let us know what we're getting into and what our kids are getting into that we could protect them, protect ourselves and know exactly when you apply or buy these applications, you know your kids are going to be safe. >> reporter: but the government says only 20% of the apps reviewed by the ftc do disclose their privacy practices, while nearly 60% are transmitting information about the user's device back to the app developer or an advertiser. the ftc is warning that third parties, including advertisers, could use that inf
leave you vulnerable during your next hotel stay. today jeff rossen is here with more on this. doesn't sound good. >> no, it's not, affects a lot of us, of course. staying in hotels. when you lock your hotel door, you assume you're safe and your stuff is safe. think again. thieves have invented a simple device that can actually unlock doors in potentially millions of hotel rooms at some of the most popular chains. the hotel industry has known about this problem for months. so why haven't they fixed it? >> this man is about to break into a hotel room. no kicking in the door, no fancy tools. instead, he's using this cheap homemade gadget to pop those electronic locks. and in just seconds he's in. we booked hotel rooms in new jersey where he did it again and again at this hyatt place. >> the only difference is i'm putting this underneath, door's open. >> we're in. >> yep. >> at this ramada and double tree hilton. >> another hotel. >> another chain. >> same result. >> this security flaw so alarming even hotel managers are stunned. >> that's absolutely insane. >> the man breaking into roo
at will, so, i question whether that will happen. >>trace: we will find out. jeff, good of you, sir. >>guest: my pleasure. >>trace: there is breaking news and new violence in egypt today. protests rocked the regime of the new president soon after his sudden power grab. now there is word that some of his top advisors have quit. there also are reports that someone set the muslim brotherhood party office on fire. we are live in cairo coming up. plus, big developments in the case of the mom who police say pulled her cancer stricken daughter right out of the hospital. now the girl's father reportedly says she has left the country. that is coming up. >>trace: this is "studio b" and time for the top of the news. there is breaking news now in egypt. state-run tv is reporting that witnesses say masked men set fire to the headquarters of the muslim brotherhood in eastern egypt. the controversial president morsi was the leaders of that group before he resigned after winning the election. two weeks ago, the new president made himself a dictator, giving himself absolute power and tensions is bee
acknowledging that it will be just a drop in the bucket in terms of what's needed to rebuild. jeff pegues, abc news, new york. >> a drop in the bucket but a fantastic start. that's for sure. some of the big headliners were born here, raised here. you think of bon jovi, bruce springsteen. billy joel. >> rob nelson up there jamming. >> so many good folks from this area. always good to see them help. >> i didn't know that you could play such fine instruments. >> a man of many talents. as is our dick debartolo. if you want to get a top pi of the book, check it out on am don.com. you disgust me. prove it. enough is enough. d-con no view, no touch trap snaps to kill instantly. no looking, no touching. d-con. get out. >>> this morning on "world news now," the search for answers. we're learning new details about the gunman in the deadly oregon mall shooting. >> and while we know who he was, investigators are still trying to figure out why he snapped. it's thursday, december 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> happy thursday. we're almost to the weekend. i'm paula faris. >>
santelli always clean shaven is joining us next working on something for a little later on. >> we have jeff carter. we're going to talk about the fiscal cliff but from a much more cynical perspective. he believes that the cbo's call, if we go over the cliff in recession, well, he doesn't believe him. he says there is a keynesian base. what does it mean? he too cynical? i don't know. tune in in about 11 minutes to find out. >>> financials and the fiscal cliff plus the looming february stress tests is the big bank runup of this year finally coming to a close? brad hintz is an equity research analyst and joins us from new york. good to see. good morning. >> thanks for having me. >> new year is going to be fascinating to watch. dodd frank implementation. let's just talk about the rules first. investors know these are coming and why are the stocks trading up in light of what we know is going to be a different kind of year? >> well, one reason that you've seen the runup is a lot of the uncertainty seems to be to be working away. the banks are making the changes to live in this post basal 3 dodd/f
doesn't have that same political problem. >> jeff immelt told me he wanted to move out of china -- i believe ge has shifted resources out of china. >> a lot, especially appliances and low-end goods. but small and medium-sized manufacturers are sick and tired of the corruption, the slowness and all the problems that are so evident -- >> they steal your ideas, counterfeit your products. it really isn't the wonderland of free market capitalism that some people make it out to be. >> no. this is part of a broader narrative of a lot of manufacturers leaving china for vietnam, indonesia, bangladesh, mexico. this is really part of a decades-long trend. >> i have to leave it there. gordon chang, thank you very much. be sure to catch the tim cook interview tonight on "rock center with brian williams." that's at 10:00 p.m. central. >>> the french ought to stick with fine foods because we found out that their 75% tax rate on the rich doesn't work. the economy there is tanking, even worse, same story in britain. why would we want to copy their policies here in the usa? i'll try to get some answer
calgt. i actually think i'm like jeff dunham. i'm a ventriloquist forcing the governor of rhode island to call it a holiday tree. he didn't say that i made him say that. >> they want to deny it because they don't want to fight it the war on christmas did start in earnest this year with your debate with the governor of rhode island lincoln chafee who by the way to quote the great late fog horn leg horn is about as sharp as a bowling ball this guy when he got in the ring with you, bill, like justin bieber getting in the ring with mike tyson. the war on christmas is very very real. and if you ask me, you know, in addition to some grouchy, you know, throp pick heathen atheist it has to do with two things. abortion and the gay rights agenda because christianity is against those things and that's subtle but that's why it's so pronounced in recent years. in my opinion. >> bill: 100% agree. i absolutely agree 100%. it's the diminishment of christianity is the target and christmas is the vehicle because the secularists know the opposition to their agenda. legalized drugs n that as welcomes prim
on the part of the governor who is the head of the railroad authority. jeff morales is the director. to complete the california high speed rail within the next 10 years. >> i would like to join my colleagues in wishing you a happy birthday. even more, we hope you'll continue to stay. >> thank you. >> the morning. -- good morning. we are happy to have you here. it just one quick comment and maybe you can help me understand this. and from north during predict i am from northern wisconsin where we do not have -- i am from northern wisconsin or we do not have a lot of people. i recognize there are corridors where high-speed rail would work pretty effectively. i do not come at this from a position of the negative on high-speed rail. i do think there is a level of naivete for americans that often compare what is going on in china to what is going on in the united states. having spent some time in the construction industry, there is a certain nimbleness to communism. there is the freedom of just taking over land because the country owns it all and they can say to citizens "we like this lan
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, dan richard, who's the head of the railroad authority, jeff morales who's the executive director of the railroad authority, to complete, to complete the california high-speed rail corridor within the next ten years. >> be wow. okay, sir. well, with that, i'd like to join with my colleagues in wishing you a happy birthday, and also i think even more than your birthday, we hope that you'll continue to stay and serve in this capacity. >> thank you. >> thank you, sir. >> thank you. the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. ribble? >> good morning, mr. secretary. thanks for coming on in on your birthday, we're glad to have you here. just one quick comment, and maybe you can help me understand this. i'm from northern wisconsin where we don't have high-speed rail and maybe never will. it's a lot of woods and farmland and not a lot of people. i do recognize that high-speed rail would work and work probably effectively. so i'm not negative on high-speed rail, and i want to make it clear. although i do think there's a level of naivete, kind of a wonderful naivete for americans that often compare w
impressed with the board. jeff morales is also a gifted individual and committed to doing this the right way and working with all the stakeholders in california. i think the right people are really in place right now. i would not have said that a couple years ago. i will tell you this, on a trip i made to california, i spent three days along the corridor. primarily in fresno but the central debt -- central valley. i was stunned at the way the court treated. by the previous people that were in place. treated very shabbily. very arrogantly. dan was in that meeting. we made a commitment to these farmers and met with some small business people in fresno who had also been treated shabbily. i do not blame them for being against this project. we told them we would make a right for them. we are trying to work with these people who spent their whole lives in agriculture, whose farms had been in their families for 100 years. who have been treated very shabbily by people in government. we made a commitment. i think dan has followed through on that. i experience a hard feelings. i do not know of some of
tail. she called her jeff sself jessica. >>> -- she called herself jessica. >>> they were evacuated from the food max on monument boulevard. police described the odor as a strong chemical scent. possibly a solvent or a cleaner. a fire department spokesperson said they complained of burning eyes. difficulty breathing and nausea. >> the haz-mat team came in and unable to find anything at this point. what ever in there has dissipated and is no longer in the store. >> the folks who were effect affected were treated at the scene. >>> port officials in los angeles and long beach has confiscated rubber duck that is are toxic to children. the safety commission said they contain chemicals known as phalate known to soften plastics. >> they could cause birth detectives and changes in hormone levels. >> kids are almost the most susceptible because they put everything in their mouth. >> toys that contain 1,000 parts phalates are banned. >>> it may be soon -- it may soon be illegal to grow marijuana outdoors even though they allow it. they may consider a policy change after a massive medical mari
muniz, congressman steve israel, jeff sessions, javier palimares, the president and ceo of united states chamber of commerce, and chicago mayor rahm emanuel as well. cnn news room with ted roland begins now. >> stories we're watching now in the cnn newsroom. off the air and under siege. >>> i think about their family and what they must be going through and the thought we may have played a part in that is gut wrenching. >> for the first time, we're hearing from two radio deejays blamed for the nurse's suicide after that royal prank phone call. plus this. ♪ a plane crash cut short the life of popular mexican-american singer jenni rivera. now investigators look into what brought down that plane that killed everyone on board. >>> south korean rapper psy receives a warm welcome in washington despite his past anti-american comments, and president obama getting some flack for attending that performance. >>> plus the bizarre saga continues. american tech mogul john mcafee fighting deportation to belize. he holds a news conference from behind bars. you'll hear what he has to say. "cnn newsroom"
this program. here is what senator jeff sessions told me. >> it's a guaranteed thing. it's an entitlement program. that means if you meet the income qualifications, the government must give you the money. whether the government has any money to give you or not. if they don't they have to borrow it. that's what we're doing. >> reporter: by the way the food stamp program is exempt from sequestration. even if we go over the fiscal cliff those benefits will still be paid out even if lawmakers don't reach a deal. senator sessions did try to pass something in the senate that would have put food stamps on the table for the fiscal cliff negotiations and failed in the senate. jenna: let me ask you that is it part of the fiscal cliff negotiations or are food stamps in their own column right now? >> reporter: he tried. it is considered an entitlement program so it has to be funded. he did try to get the specific measure passed in the senate and it failed. jenna: any response from the administration on this? >> reporter: we reached out to the white house on this and want to give them opportunity to e
neighborhood? this is from jeff,rilliant idea, now the crazies, the gangs, thieves, know where to concentrate their efforts or more importantly where to avoid. another says, it is a public service. the information is public. gun owners seem to think that the second amendment is more important than the first amendment. this from susan, being in the public record and publishing it in the paper are different matters. that was wrong. this from sherry. i'd like to know who owns the guns. i would prefer choosing a home in a gun-free zone. brian says, shouldn't we be going after the people that can't be trusted? registered owners are registered because they can be trusted. from dan, absolutely not, not only does it target these people for burglaries but i also lets criminals know who doesn't have a weapon to protect their homes. this question got a lot of response this morning. i think we got about 200 in about 15 minutes. keep the conversation going. you can tweet me or facebook me. cute. but don't you have any apps on your phone that can make your life easier? who do you think i am, quicken loans?
is -- is this on? >> my name is jeff schrader and i work for the natural gas industry. i would like to address the water issue and then a quick question on the wealth that uses about the same amount of water on the golf course in about three weeks with that energy we are producing a lot more natural gas that's creating a tremendous amount of jobs in this country and bringing manufacturing back. so, it kind of goes back to what you're saying on the trade-off and the other factors. i did have a question that you mentioned on corn ethanol that creates are other ethanol creative from nitrous oxide? >> i don't know about that. i do know there are other biofuels that have, and one of them ironically enough is the genetically modified algae which is able to take carbon dioxide and convert it into fatty acids which is the soul, by yo de seÓul so there are other -- don't lump all of the biofuels together because they are not all the same converting corn into ethanol seems to be a bad idea there are other biofuels that may have potential. >> am i terse oxide is the least of the problems of you look at
in with ginger for a last look at the weather. she has special guests. >> i do. jeff strauss and we have mr. greggen iglesia from waterford crystal. important people on this night where millions of eyes will watch this ball drop. how do you do it smoothly? >> it's been amazing pip look forward to this day all year long. we're set, ready to go. this ball, at 6:00 p.m. will go up the flag pole. you'll hear the cheers. we'll all be counting down at midnight. >> we hear about the tests for the confetti. how is that going to be organize straited. >> weest theed for the first time with our new hosts. we fluff and then we throw. the midnight confetti, it has people's wishes. it comes from all over the world. you reach out to the sky and grab a piece of confetti, you're grabbing somebody's wish. >> a beautiful thought. now, reagan, you're with waterford. we talked about a little bit about the theme. it's different every year. this is not the same ball every time. >> we construct a quiltwork of designs. the design is let there be peace. there will be dooufd in the panels. we have courage and love an
a little bloody. >> lots to choose from. great wrap-up, jeff. thank you so much. happy new year. >>> simple ways to impress your guests as you ring in the new year later tonight. first this is "today" on nbc. sfx- "sounds of african drum and flute" look who's back. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> on "today" celebrates 2013, you only have a few hours left before your guests arrive. no pressure. good news is that there's still time to host a great night. no pressure. >> no pressure. these are really easy things. no one wants to spend a lot of money. no one wants to spend a lot of time. hopefully these will take you an hour or two to get ready. >> that'
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